Scaring Mom has potential to backfire

Mother's Day is tomorrow. I'll catch up with mom and see how she's doing. I'll tell her she's "The Greatest Mom Ever" and how much I love her. I wish I knew more about my mom. What I mean is I know a lot about my mother, but the time before her high school years [...]

In search of ponies: Celebrate your pet this week, or month

Did you know it's national pet week (or month depending on the source)? They made sure I did, which I suppose is a good thing since it's not something I would normally even be aware of. The "they" I am referring to are the web crawling, public relations spammers that get a hold of an [...]

In search of ponies: Glowing sheep not so baaaa-d

It's long been understood that nature has balance and us humans have come to understand — usually about the time we realize we've destroyed an ecosystem — that here are reasons why things are the way they are. That's not to say improvements can't be made, but for each forced (or man-made) change, it makes [...]

In search of ponies: Kicking bucket not always bad

When the youngsters became the proud owners of a new colt, they set out on a mission to bond with him. Teaching him tricks became part of the fun, as they coaxed him to interact and do things in exchange for affection and treats. Mastering the challenge of standing on his hind legs was a [...]

McGee: No more shuckin’ and/or jivin’ for me

Going through my record collection the other day I ran across a 1982 album by Willie Nelson and the late, great Waylon Jennings titled "WWII." The first track on the LP is titled "Mr. Shuck and Jive." "Well, I can't say that anymore," I thought to myself. It turns out I'm not allowed to say [...]

In search of ponies: Cicadas biblical in numbers, tasty with almost everything

It isn't every day the yard is covered in snacks. Crunchy on the outside, they have a nutty flavor, similar to peanuts or almonds, according to those who partake. Suspended inside vibrant colored gelatin, they are sure to cause a buzz of conversation at a party. They also make for good pizza toppers, add a [...]

Perfect pot pie punctuates end of vacation

Vacation was over. There was one more thing to do. We were in search of the best chicken pot pie ever. And it was sold in the deli of a supermarket somewhere in L.A. (Lower Alabama). The Lady of the House and I had discovered it on our last trip when we stopped at a [...]

Being anti-social-network has mixed results

I told a friend why I decided on a new personal effort called Facebook-Free Friday. "It feels like the site is 90 percent bumper stickers, horizontal praying (praying at people and not to God) and people still trying to revisit the election," I said. I got a nod and, "Yeah, pretty much." Then on Thursday, [...]

In search of ponies: Marijuana or pills, be careful with medication

It's funny enough, all right. Staggering and woozy, a dog's legs may each go in different directions, or, afraid to challenge the suddenly accelerated rotation of the planet, it may become a pooch puddle, trying to melt into the floor and hoping it will stop. Others turn in clumsy circles or imitate living bobble heads. [...]

McGee: Doing nothing requires planning

The Lady of the House and I had a difference of opinion as to what one does while on vacation. We recently took a few days off and visited the Gulf Coast. I had visions of lying around doing nothing, maybe flipping through the pages of a good book. The Lady of the House had [...]